Expatriate Community in Greece

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
Around 7% of the population is from foreign countries.
Blogs For Expats
Expat blog
Expat exchange
Expat focus
For Further Information
Internet guide to Greece
Greece National Tourism Organisation
Immigration Authority
Ministry of interior
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
International movers

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
Athens is the 29th city in the world where the cost of living is highest.
Quality of Life
The Greek way of living means weekend jaunts to the islands in the summer or for winter skiing at organized resorts. The sea is never more than 80 kilometers from any point on the mainland making water sports the favourites. In direct contrast to the typically, dry landscape, are the untouched wetlands in the north part of the country - home to some of the most beautiful wildlife and significant habitats in the European Union.
Greece has relatively little crime, even in the major centers.
Although Athens, Greece was found to be the 29th most expensive city in the world , it did not rate in the Top 50 for quality of living and called third dirtiest city in Europe by TripAdvisor.
Sanitary Conditions
No major risks.

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Renting an Apartment

Description of Apartments
In square meters, with the number of rooms, of beds, etc.
Normal Lease Term
2 years
Agencies or Private Rentals
Public and private.
Rental Agency Websites
Only apartments

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School System

School Level
Education in Greece is compulsory for all children from 6 to 15 years old; namely, it includes Primary (Dimotiko) and Lower Secondary (Gymnasio) Education.
Post-compulsory Secondary Education, according to the reform of 1997, consists of two school types: Eniaia Lykeia (Unified Upper Secondary Schools) and the Technical Vocational Educational Schools (TEE).
Public higher education is divided into Universities and Technological Education Institutes (TEI). Students are admitted to these Institutes according to their performance at national level examinations taking place at the second and third grade of Lykeio.
International Schools
There are a large number of international schools in all the main cities, wich mostly follow the British or American educational systems The fees for these school are high. Find a list of international schools in Greece .
For Further Information
Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
Hospitals and clinics are located in all major urban areas, equipped with state of the art technology in medical apparatus and occupying highly trained personnel and doctors.
Rural areas also provide all necessary first aid attention in specially designed medium or smaller sized medical centers, usually according to population inhabiting the province. Express road, air or sea transportation is arranged to a general hospital or a specialized clinic for cases demanding more advanced medical attention.
The government is currently improving the health system and a substantial investment (much of which comes from EU funding) is being made on upgrading the country’s existing hospitals, building new facilities, developing mobile medical units, installing high-tech equipment, and improving accident and emergency facilities.
Health Insurance
Although medical training is of a high standard, the health service is one of the worst in Europe, largely because of under-funding.
Greece’s public health system (IKA) provides free or low cost health care for those who contribute to Greek social security, plus their families and retirees (including those from other EU countries). Members are charged 25 per cent of the actual cost of prescriptions, although there are higher charges for non-essential medicines plus substantial contributions for many services, including spectacles, dentures and other treatment. Essential dental treatment is largely free.
All citizens of member states belonging to the European Union visiting the country of Greece are lawfully provided with special green cards enabling full extent provision of free of charge medical and therapeutic treatment during their stay.
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
It's essential to have private health insurance. This is recommended in any case if you can afford it, owing to the inadequacy of public health services and long waiting lists for specialist appointments and non-urgent operations in some areas.
Visitors to Greece should have holiday health insurance if they aren’t covered by a reciprocal arrangement. Note that the EU Health Card (old Form E-111) covers basic medical care only and it’s advisable to have extra holiday insurance to cover eventualities such as repatriation.
Health System Insurance Body
Social Insurance Institute
Social Security Organisiation For Self Employed - O.A.E.E.
Farmers' Insurance Organization - O.G.A.

Journalists’ Unified Insurance and Healthcare Benefit Organisation - E.D.O.E.A.P.
Health Ministry
Health Ministry

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